Everything is bigger, brighter and bolder in Dubai. With its palm-shaped islands, soaring futuristic skyscrapers, buzzing beach clubs and vast surrounding deserts, it’s the definition of the phrase “larger than life.” If you’re planning a cruise from Dubai, make sure you dedicate a couple of days to discovering all of the city’s wonders. A taxi from the airport to the city center takes just about five minutes. From there, it’s full steam ahead for adventure. The best place to score views of the city is the towering Burj Khalifa — it’s the tallest structure in the world and a must-see landmark when you visit Dubai. Then, step back in time in the Al Fahidi Historical District, which dates back to the late 18th century. Built using traditional materials like stone, teak, sandalwood and fronds, the buildings here are home to art exhibits, cultural activities and religious celebrations. You’ll also find plenty of cozy cafes and restaurants if you’re looking for a quick bite. If a few hours here isn’t enough to get your culture fix, visit the Dubai Museum to learn about the city’s fast evolution from a fishing and pearling village to a global center of commerce, finance and tourism.